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You can’t stop the boats: Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea @ParkTheatre

Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea by Italian playwright Emanuele Aldrovandi and translated by Marco Young, has made a topical return to London at the Park Theatre after playing earlier this summer at the Seven Dials Playhouse. In a week when leaders and leaders in waiting were talking about illegal immigration, it seemed like a topical choice . It also has one hell of an evocative title. The piece opens with Adriano Celantano’s Prisencolinensinainciusol , which sets the scene for what we are about to see. After all, a song about communication barriers seems perfect for a play about people trafficking and illegal immigration. One side doesn’t understand why they happen, and the other still comes regardless of the latest government announcement / slogan .  However, the twist here is that the crossing is undertaken the other way. People are fleeing Europe instead of escaping war or poverty in Africa or the Middle East. It’s set sometime in the not-too-distant future. There is a crisis causing p

Romford burning: A Local Boy @ThePleasance

It had only a short run but A Local Boy which concluded yesterday at the Pleasance Islington is a great new piece of writing by Dan Murphy. The dialogue is funny and incisive about the cruel trials and traumas of today's youth, where anything is fair game and everything is online.

It is a world where there is no privacy and sometimes this has unforeseen consequences. This time there has been an incident at the local war memorial in Romford where young people hang out and drink.

A boy has been killed. Burned beyond recognition. A mother worries for her son who is out. A girl is waiting at a bus stop for someone who does not show. And two teenagers find love online. Through a series of flashbacks and cuts, their shocking and sad stories emerge.

Murphy has a real feel for natural dialogue and the cast be bring this tale to life with humour and tenderness. With simple staging the actors and the dialogue do the work to evoke the humour and harshness of life in outer London for young people.

Tim Bowie as the young lad looking for love online and likes a bit of a laugh. Abigail Rose as the pragmatic young girl looking to lose her virginity. Ross McCormack as the seemingly laid back lad who likes to drink in the park where men have sex with men.

A Local Boy is the result of eleven months of reserach and development with writer in residence Dan Murphy. It has been part of theatre company Invertigo's Creative Shed programme, a collaborative approach to developing new work. Keep an eye out for their future productions...


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